Fire at Raleigh Walmart was arson, Raleigh police say

Wake County News
Surveillance image of a person of interest in a Dec. 28, 2021 arson at a Raleigh Walmart. (Courtesy of the Raleigh Police Department)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A fire at a Raleigh Walmart that forced evacuations Tuesday evening is being investigated as arson, police said.

The fire was reported around 6 p.m. at the Walmart along the 4300 block of New Bern Avenue.

Officials said the fire, which happened in the store’s household products area, was contained by the sprinkler system by the time firefighters arrived.

Customers and employees were evacuated. Some who were inside at the time told a CBS 17 crew they saw smoke inside the store.

No injuries have been reported.

Later Tuesday, Raleigh police released surveillance images of a person they believe may have information “that could help to aid in the investigation.” Anyone with information should contact Raleigh CrimeStoppers at 919-834-HELP.

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